Two people have been killed following flooding in southern Japan

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At least two people have died and more than a dozen are missing following flooding and landslides, triggered by heavy rain, in Southern Japan.

Over 75,000 residents in the southern prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima have been asked to evacuate, however, the evacuation is not mandatory.

About 13 people are reported as missing.

Cars have been submerged up to their windy by the floods, trees have been uprooted and mudslides have smashed into houses.

About 8,000 homes have also been left without power.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated that 10,000 defence troops were being mobilised for rescue operations.